The Toro 1800 Power Curve 38381 approaches the performance of a light-duty gas machine with the fuss-free ownership of an electric snow blower. It's easy to start and easy to handle, users say. This electric snow blower can clear up to 8 inches of light snow, but things can bog down if it's asked to tackle heavier amounts.
As easy as pushing a lawn mower. The Toro 38381's light weight, excellent handling and simple controls make it a breeze to use, according to reviews. The 38381 is also quieter than most gas snow blowers, according to a professional comparison. Users can change chute direction while in motion, though height adjustments are made on the chute itself. With only minimal help from the paddles to propel it forward, the 38381 works best on level surfaces. Some say working with the required heavy-duty extension cord is a nuisance, but one that most learn to live with after a while.
Small but effective. The Toro 38381 "is small in scale, but mighty in removing snow from driveways and walkways," says Marissa Munoz, product expert at SnowBlowersDirect.com. According to independent testing, the 38381 does a very good job of removing snow right down to the ground. Its 30-foot throwing distance isn't particularly impressive, though it almost matches single-stage gas snow blowers in that regard. As a light-duty snow thrower, the 38381 is best for clearing up to 8 inches of powder or about 4 inches of wet snow. A few owners say it can clear larger amounts without clogging by taking slow passes, but take care not to overheat the engine. The 15-amp electric motor starts quickly with the push of a button.
Long life span. The Toro 38381 has been on the market for many years, building a long, reliable reputation. In fact, some owners report their 38381 lasting 10 years or longer. Toro continues to upgrade the model, and according to a few owners, the current version features improved controls for the chute. Some users note that it is important to use a sufficiently rated power cord to avoid burning out the engine. The 38381 is covered by a two-year warranty, and comments indicate that Toro does a good job standing behind its snow blowers.
Toro 1800 Power Curve 38381 Reviews
The Toro Power Curve 1800 38381 is included as part of a comprehensive report on snow blowers by ConsumerReports.org. Editors rate it on power, speed, handling, controls and more. Testers use the same analysis on all snow blowers, so gas and electric models are compared side by side.
Review: Toro Power Curve 1800 38381, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
More than 600 owners review the Toro 38381 here, giving it a score of 4.2 (out of 5) stars. The majority of owners say the snow blower powers through moderate snowfall with ease and can manage heavier loads if you slow down or take extra passes.
Review: Toro 38381 18-Inch 15 Amp Electric 1800 Power Curve Snow Blower, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2015
The Toro 1800 Power Curve 38381 gets good feedback at HomeDepot.com. Roughly 470 owners rate this machine, saying it's small but powerful, capable of cutting through high snow if you go slowly. Reviews from Toro's website are also included here.
Review: Toro Model # 38381 Power Curve 18 in. Electric Snow Blower, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of December 2015
4. Snow Blowers Direct
The Toro 38381 has an A-minus rating and is recommended by the site's product expert, Marissa Munoz, though there's no mention any direct product testing. There are also more than 150 user reviews posted, and most appear to be pleased. These owners rate the Toro highly, with 96 percent saying that they would recommend it to a friend.
Review: Toro 1800 Power Curve Electric (18") 15-Amp Snow Blower, Editors of and contributors to SnowBlowersDirect.com, As of December 2015